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Elizabeth Lane Furdell, Professor Emerita
Elizabeth Lane Furdell delivered a well-received Lasting Lecture entitled "Magic, Alchemy and Medicine in the English Renaissance: The Historical Context for the 'Harry Potter' Series" to a large gathering of UNF faculty and friends at the end of Spring 2010. Dr. Furdell's plans for the future include more research and writing, more time with grandchildren (including the newest, her namesake) -- and no time at all grading papers.
Dr. Furdell has a long and distinguished career as a member of the history faculty at the University of North Florida. Her colleagues university-wide recognized her value to the university when, in 2002, they elected her Distinguished Professor because of her accomplishments as a teacher, a scholar, and contributing member of the professional community.
During her years at UNF Dr. Furdell has taught literally thousands of students, many of whom still stop her in public to tell her how much they enjoyed her lectures when they took Freshman Core. She has developed a body of courses in English history, British Empire, Irish history, and Early Modern Europe at the upper and graduate level, and teaches them exceedingly well. She has directed numerous M.A. theses and served on M.A. committees. She has won almost every teaching award available, many of them more than once.
The history department's spring 2010 celebration recognized an impressive set of accomplishments by our students. Saber Gray won the Undergraduate History Prize for her paper, "'The only thing left for him to take from me is my life:The 1602 Investigation, Politics and Relationships in Early Colonial St. Augustine." Two fine papers shared the Graduate History Prize: Deanne Ashton's "Preston and the River Ribble: How Local Autonomy Hindered Pollution Control" and Karen Cousins's “Highland Lakes, Hidden Emeralds, and Santiago’s Bones: Local Religion in Colonial Colombia.” Cousins earned her B.A. from UNF in August 2009, and was also honored as the department's Outstanding B.A. graduate for 2009-10. Ashton will complete her M.A. in August 2010. She has been admitted to Ph.D. programs at Lancaster, Stirling, and St. Andrews, but has not yet made her decision.
An internship can give history majors a chance to apply their historical skills in an off-campus setting. In May 2010 the Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission recognized the UNF History Department's internship agreements with the Jacksonville Historical Society with a 2010 Historic Preservation Award. Other history interns have worked with the National Park Service’s Kingsley Plantation and Fort Caroline, the archives at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, the St. John’s Riverkeeper, and a host of other public history projects.
Ranger Joe Brehm of the Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine visited UNF in April to talk with history students about two internship opportunities available there. There will be one paid internship for the summer with the possibility for an extension beyond that date. The Castillo is also funding one STEP internship, a position which starts the student at the GS-4 level. Interested students should contact Joe_Brehm@nps.gov, and attach a resume.
Carol S. Clark (M.A. 2002) has moved from the Kingsley Plantation to become Park Ranger Interpretive Specialist at the National Trails Intermountain Region. She is based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, but will be traveling trails throughout the area. She loves the fact that her job with the National Park Service allows her to work closely with historians, cultural resource managers, GIS folks, landscape architects, and recreation planners.
Sallie Middleton (B.A. 1979) went on to earn a Ph.D. in history and is now a member of the faculty at Palm Beach State College.
Naveen (Drek) Ortiz (B.A. 2004) interrupted his graduate work in history to spend a few years in China, learning the language and the country. Most recently he has been teaching English in Shanghai. In December 2009 he married Chen Wei (Grace; their wedding photo is at right). They will move to Jacksonville this summer, and Drek will return to UNF to finish his M.A.
Aaron Quick (B.A. 2009) has been nominated into the Secondary Education – TEFL/English program for North/Middle East Africa, with an estimated departure date of October 2010.
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In closing, please enjoy a photo of faculty and families on the department's trip to the Okefenokee Swamp, organized by Environmental Historian Charles Closmann (pictured at left in the front row):
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